sue

sue [sju: US su:] v [I and T]
[Date: 1100-1200; : Anglo-French; Origin: suer 'to follow, make a legal claim to', from Vulgar Latin sequere, from Latin sequi; SEQUENCE]
1.) to make a legal claim against someone, especially for money, because they have harmed you in some way
If the builders don't fulfil their side of the contract, we'll sue.
The company is suing a former employee.
sue (sb) for libel/defamation/negligence/slander etc
Miss James could not afford to sue for libel.
She was suing doctors for negligence over the loss of her child.
The railway may sue for damages (=in order to get money) because of loss of revenue.
He is being sued for divorce (=in order to end a marriage) by his wife.
2.) sue for peace
formal if a country or army sues for peace, they ask for peace, especially because there is no other good choice
They had hoped to force the North to sue for peace.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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